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Constructivism – learning by experience

This theory proposes that, as far as instruction is concerned, the instructor should try and encourage students to discover principles by themselves. Put simply, students construct knowledge from their own experiences.

The instructor and student should engage in an active dialog (i.e., socratic learning). The task of the instructor is to translate information to be learned into a format appropriate to the learner’s current state of understanding.

Curriculum should be organized in a spiral manner so that the student continually builds upon what they have already learned.

  • Constructivist Class
  • Traditional Class
  1. It emphasises big concepts
  2. It uses sources other than textbooks
  3. learning is interactive and there is exchange between students and teacher
  4. learner-centered
  5. students are active learners

  1. emphasis is more on the basic skills
  2.  textbooks are the main resource
  3. learning is rote memorization and repetition
  4. teacher-centered
  5. students are passive learners
  • Principle 1 - Readiness

    Instruction must be concerned with the experiences and contexts that make the student willing and able to learn.

  • Principle 2 - Spiral Organization

    Instruction must be structured so that it can be easily grasped by the student.

  • Principle 3 - Going Further

    Instruction should be designed to facilitate extrapolation and or fill in the gaps (going beyond the information given)

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